September 22, 2014

Hey, kids! Let’s learn our ABCs of disability!

First letter: A!

A is a really cool letter! Can YOU name something really cool that has the letter A?

"Autism!"

That’s a really cool thing that has the letter A, but you know what else has the letter A and is really cool?

"Tell us, Ms. Kris! Tell us!"

Schedule A Employment!

"But, Ms. Kris, what is Schedule A Employment?"

Schedule A Employment is a federal employment program that basically puts people with disabilities on the fast track to employment in the federal government! You see, the federal government has realized that hiring people with disabilities is…well…cool so they want to hire as many people with disabilities as possible!

"Oh wow, Ms. Kris! Do you happen to have a link to a website that might contain more detail?"

Why, yes, I do! Thanks for asking! Here you go

Tomorrow, we will learn about the letter B so make sure to bring your thinking caps because I’m sure it’s going to B a fun time! Class dismissed!

August 7, 2014
Resume

Education

Western Kentucky University, Associates of Arts in Business Management, Graduates December 2014

Employment

Queerability, Founder and President

January 2013 - Present

Queerability is a pending 501(c)3 non-profit LGBTQ and disability rights organization run by and for LGBTQ people with disabilities and works to ensure that the voices of LGBTQ people with disabilities are heard in the conversation around LGBTQ and disability. 

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Chapter Leader

May 2012 - Present

Advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. Empower Autistic people in Kentucky to take control of their own lives and the future of our common community. Organize the Autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the local conversation about us. Nothing About Us, Without Us!

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Intern

June 2014 - Present

Revised the chapter handbook. Assisted with ASAN’s Autism Campus Inclusion Summer Leadership Training. Created a guide to employment for interns with ASAN’s Freddie Mac internship program. Drafted statements and letters to the editor. 

Kelly Autism Program, Mentor

February 2014 - May 2014

Assisting with programming for girls on the autism spectrum ranging from 7 to 16 years old, teaching social skills, fine motor skills, and life skills.

Young Lyons, Management

May 2012 - December 2013

Research venues for concerts, assist with social media, and collaborate on marketing campaigns.

Nothing But Noodles, Cashier

June 2013 - August 2014

Handling payments and transactions, delivering food to customers, and ensuring customer satisfaction

Carmike Cinemas, Concessions/Usher

May 2010 - August 2010

Handling payments and transactions, ensuring customer satisfaction, showing customers to their theater, taking tickets, maintaining cleanliness of theaters and the concession area

Accomplishments, Awards

USA Today College

News piece, “Students Reflect on LGBTQA Acceptance Across Colleges Nationwide”, September 2014

The Advocate Magazine

Featured news story, “7 Brave Campuses for LGBT Students in the South”, September 2014

Kelly Autism Program 

Scholarship Recipient, November 2013

Out & About Nashville 

Featured news story, “WKU Student Celebrates First Anniversary of Queerability at Out In Front”, January 2014

WKU College Heights Herald 

Featured news story, “Q is for Queerability”, February 2013

Featured news story, “Student-Created Queerability Expands Into Nonprofit”, February 2014

Professional Development

Tennessee Employment First Leadership Academy 

Participant, September 2014

National Council on Independent Living Conference

Participant, July 2014

Vanderbilt University Office of LGBTQI Life’s Out In Front

Presenter, January 2014

Autism Campus Inclusion Summer Leadership Training 

Participant, June 2013

Ocalicon

Presenter, November 2013

WKU Clinical Education Complex Special Needs Summit

Presenter, October 2012 and 2013

Leadership and Extra-Curricular Activities

Student Identity Outreach, Member

August 2011 - present, Western Kentucky University

Campus Pride Index Committee, Member at large

February 2014 - present, Western Kentucky University